Capturing Nature in Clay with Matt Krousey
Runtime: Approximately 1 hour, 8 minutes
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In this video, Matt Krousey shares his techniques and inspirations for making ceramic work about the natural world. In the demonstration, Matt shows how he throws his signature stacked oval sandhill crane vase, a faceted bowl, and a platter with a horned owl drawing. He also shares the ways he works with slip to enhance his drawings and invoke the natural beauty that surrounds his rural Minnesota home and studio. Plus, check out the bonus interview below!
Chapter 1: Stacked Oval Vase
Chapter 2: Faceted Bowl
Chapter 3: Squared Platter
Chapter 4: Bisque Slips & Stains
Chapter 5: Glazing
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About the Artist
Matthew Krousey received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in 2008. He served for 9 years in the military and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Krousey’s ceramic vessels and sculptures have been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, including an exhibition at Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. Krousey grew up and currently resides in rural Minnesota where the hardwood forest meets the vast expanse of the prairie. As a child, his days were spent roaming the woods, fishing the rivers, and exploring the fields. This landscape is the purpose for his artwork. He creates functional stoneware and porcelain pottery decorated with abstract imagery of our vanishing flora, fauna and native landscapes. To learn more and see more images of his work, please visit www.mkrouseyceramics.com.